This gorgeous Y-shaped house, located in a small town in Mexico, San Luis Potosí, is the home of a couple that no longer lives with the children. The residence was envisioned as a space that offers plenty of privacy for the couple that has to get used to the new, less “dynamic” lifestyle. The house is surrounded by a solid brick-wall and it has a small outdoor jacuzzi, for relaxation. The entire project was completed in 2012 by Grupo Volta.
The house is quite spacious and transparent, letting the light sneak inside through floor-to-ceiling windows and also creating a seamless transition between the two environments. A small deck accommodates a terrace, where you can enjoy the sweet taste of morning coffee as the sun starts to flood the interior. Elegant, neat and stylish, the living room is one windows away from the terrace. Adorned with gorgeous metallic bubble-like lamps that hang from the ceiling, this living room is remarkably decorated. The living room occupies one of the house’s corners, receiving light from three sides.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests